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China’s Top Diplomat for Africa Appointed as Ambassador to South Africa

Wu Peng, China’s new ambassador-designate, arrived in South Africa on Monday. His appointment is the latest example of high-powered diplomats with continent-wide experience becoming the PRC’s envoys to Pretoria. Before he took up the ambassadorship, Wu was the Director-General of the ...

Sniping Between China and Philippines Following Ship Collision

Tensions in the South China Sea are high following Monday’s collision between a Chinese coast guard vessel and a Philippine supply ship. The details of the incident are still at issue. It’s the latest in a series of standoffs between China’s Coast ...

Graph of the Day: The Fall in Chinese Infrastructure Funding in Southeast Asia

A new report by the Australian research body the Lowy Institute maps a sharp decline in Chinese infrastructure funding to Southeast Asia, partly due to the COVID pandemic. However, the authors said "ongoing projects mean Beijing looks set to remain the dominant infrastructure financier in the region."  ...

BRICS Foreign Ministers Decry Sanctions, Call for Gaza Ceasefire

Foreign ministers from the BRICS group, including the new member countries that joined the group of emerging powers last year, released a joint statement following their meeting in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod on Monday. The statement provided the first comprehensive ...

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan. Speaking to troops at ...

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Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

Pakistan PM Promises Security in Appeal to Chinese Investors

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is in China this week for his first visit after taking the helm in March. His visit will include a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in order to “jointly draw a blueprint” for China-Pakistan relations, according to the Chinese Foreign ...

On Unearned Wins and the Future of the Liberal International Order

Chinese President Xi Jinping this week provided a lesson in how to get the maximum international gain by doing the bare minimum. In his speech at the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, he said the Israel-Gaza war “should not continue indefinitely” and “justice should not be absent forever.” ...

Xi to Host Arab Leaders This Week Amid Gaza Crisis

China’s Foreign Ministry confirmed that President Xi Jinping will host the leaders of four Arab countries this week, as Beijing hosts the tenth China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF) ministerial meeting on Thursday. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa ...

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network. Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying ...

Japan-Kenya Loan Deal Shifts Chinese Influence

Japan will reportedly provide about $107 million in bilateral loans to Kenya for port, water, and electricity infrastructure, to be implemented from next week. The deal signals a stronger role for Japan as an external partner to the continent amid G7 anxieties about China’s influence.
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